Georgia Constitution
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Georgia Constitution

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Georgia Constitution
Dates: 1777
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (2 oversize folders)
Identification: MS 1704

Biographical/Historical Note

In May 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution authorizing the colonies to establish state constitutions. That same year, the Georgia Trustees responded by assembling the Provincial Congress in Savannah, Georgia, to create the state's first constitution. A final draft of the constitution was unanimously approved by the congress on February 5, 1777. The 1777 constitution remained in effect for twelve years, until its first revision in 1789.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the published form of the 1777 Georgia Constitution. It was printed in the Georgia Constitutional Gazette, no. 41, on March 31, 1777. The Georgia Constitutional Gazette was printed in Savannah by William Lancaster.

Index Terms

Georgia Constitutional Gazette (Savannah, Ga.)
Georgia. Constitution (1777)
William Lancaster (printer)

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Original available by appointment only.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia Constitution, 1777, MS 1704, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Georgia Constitution, 1777 (Photocopy.)


2Georgia Constitution, 1777 View online.
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